Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.
— Brian Tracy
 

Write a Blog or Article

Thank you for your interest in contributing to our STF GPA Alumni Blog!  We welcome blog posts and article submissions.


What's the difference?

Blog

  • Shares a personal testimony, experience, lesson, etc
  • Empowers the reader with ways they can apply what you share to their own life
  • Usually 400-600 words (think one page in Word or Docs)

Article

  • Its goal is to inform the reader
  • Educates on a topic
  • Platform for sharing tips, advice, resources
  • Rooted in personal experience and supported by examples
  • Usually 600-800 words (think one to two pages in Word or Docs)

how to submit

  • Email a Word doc to or share a Google Doc (allow edits) to tasnah@stfgpalumni.org
  • Attach any photos/visuals you want included in the post via email (don’t paste into a Google Doc or else the quality is really bad)
  • Add an “Author Bio,” a short 1-2 sentence blurb about you: Your name, what you’re up to, something interesting about you.
  • Attach a picture of yourself (headshot) we’ll add next to your bio
  • Once you submit either (or both!), our staff will review and may make some edits (grammar, flow, etc) but we’re committed to retaining the spirit and integrity of what you’re sharing!  We’ll send you any revisions for review before we post.

have a story to share, but not so confident in your writing?

No worries!  Send us a draft of some main points and ideas and our editing team will be happy to help your write your story.  Find it easier to share your story verbally?  Email us to schedule an interview and we’ll write an interview style post!  Love video?  Submit a short video for our blog and let us hear your testimony, lessons, and experiences!


integrity of our site

We’re committed to creating a community that fosters honesty, authenticity, and vulnerability about each individual’s journey of growing and learning.  We encourage submissions to be real and true to the spirit of what you’re sharing.  We recognize that life poses its challenges and that differences of experience and opinion exist.  Thus, we ask that submissions be framed in the context of the lessons learned from your experience. We all have challenges - sometimes growing isn’t a pretty thing - but our intention is to allow this platform to be a space to share how you took responsibility for your own growth and discovery and navigated those challenges in a way that encourages and empowers others to do the same.  This is a platform where the future of FFWPU may be thoughtfully discussed, but is not a site for criticism of its leadership.


Anonymity and confidentiality

Sometimes our lessons and experiences are tied intimately to the lives of others.  Perhaps you have a story you want to share, but you also want to respect the people that are part of your experience.  We encourage you to focus on your experience.  Feel free to change names or use generics (a close friend, my co-worker, etc).  If you want to share your story, but feel most comfortable making an anonymous submission, just send your submission to Tasnah directly (tasnah@stfgpalumni.org) and we’ll be happy to honor your request.

 

The following tips are meant to support you in your writing for STF GPA AA. If you find that they help you complete your submission, great! If not, no worries! Our main request is that you do your best to respect the guidelines regarding anonymity, confidentiality, and integrity shared above. We want to support your creative expression while also preserving a kind and constructive space for all alumni to interact and contribute.

Tips for Writing a Blog Post

Topic

  • Keep it simple: One idea, one key takeaway per post
  • Something meaningful and valuable to you - because someone else is bound to be able to relate or learn!

Content

  1. Post Title:  Let readers know how the post will be useful for them, and add an element of intrigue.  For example: “The Courage to Take a Stand”, “My Family’s STILL Growing”, “School and Work and Friends … AND Faith?”

  2. First sentence: Your goal here is to hook your reader. Ask a question. State something thought-provoking, or a question that might spark intrigue. For example: “I wanted to quit the first two weeks,” “The power of love is stronger than the power of the principle,” “I was in the midway position,” “My life began the day after graduation”  Intriguing quotes that tie into your experience are also a great way to start.

  3. Body paragraphs: Here’s where you begin to answer the question you raised earlier, or to start to explain your initial statement. Begin to fill in the details.  Share why you’ve made the statement and back it up with what led up to the outcome.  Lead into the struggle/achievement/backstory with the next paragraphs as supporting ideas/facts/details or just how and why it happened.

  4. Bullets or lists (optional): Sometimes it can be helpful (for clarity of delivery and for the reader to follow) if you create a list of your key points or desired takeaways.  This also helps as it breaks up the post visually.

  5. Personalize: Share why it was meaningful and helpful to you in your life.  This helps personalize and authenticate what you’re sharing.

  6. Close with a question or prompt: Our goal with this blog is to create an interactive community.  Thus, a good way to end is to leave the reader with a question.  It prompts a response and some interaction in the comments section.  It can be a simple “What do you think?” or an invitation for readers to share any of their own experiences connected to your topic.

  7. Attach an image (optional but highly encouraged!):  Visuals are a powerful way of supporting your writing.  Submit a relevant photo or graphic.  Make sure it’s your own or available for use under a Creative Commons license (check out Flickr); attach info so we can give attribution to the photographer.  If you don’t have a photo, don’t worry, we’ll find one for you (we welcome suggestions of what kind of image you’d like!).

ideas for blog prompts

Study/work/volunteering

  • Share an experience of standing up for someone or for what you believe.
  • Share an experience of serving your local community, school, church, neighbor, friend…
  • Share an experience finding an answer to a question you had through prayer, reflection, seeking out a mentor.
  • Helpful tips about transitioning from STF/GPA to college, work, and life after would you share with recent graduates?
  • Share the impact/lessons from volunteering with your community/youth ministry/church.

How to incorporate faith into daily life

  • How have you experienced God working in your life recently? (With family, relationships, work, school)
  • How do you continue to cultivate that relationship off of the STF/GPA program?
  • What does your relationship with God look like off of STF/GPA?
  • Share about something you read from True Parents’ words or a spiritual text that impacted you
  • Share a recent experience with True Parents.
  • Write about a meaningful experience sharing your faith and beliefs with friends, co-workers, classmates.
  • Touch on one of the habits of a life of faith (prayer, HDH, reporting, LFSO, reporting, setting good conditions, gratitude) and it’s impact on your life.

Relationships

  • Share a breakthrough or learning experience with your parents.  With your siblings.
  • Share about the impact of having a mentor, trusted friend of faith (someone who empowers and supports your growth and life of faith)
  • Share an experience of being a mentor/older brother and sister to someone
  • Share how the experiences and lessons from STF/GPA helped prepare you for the matching process/marriage/family life

Growing

  • Share a recent breakthrough that you’re proud of!
  • A struggle that you could work on and overcome
  • Share an experience of standing up for what you believed in, even if you were standing alone.
  • Share about an experience of remaining hopeful and inspired even when things/situations around you might have looked a bit bleak
  • Share about how you’ve pursued a passion or goal and been able to center it on a higher purpose.

Tips for Writing an Article

topic

  • Keep it simple: One idea, one key takeaway per post
  • Something meaningful and valuable to you - because someone else is bound to be able to relate or learn!

Content

  1. Post Title:  Let readers know how the post will be useful for them, and add an element of intrigue.   “What No One Tells You About Graduating”, “Creative Ways to Nurture Your Soul”, “5 Examples of How Harvesting Apples Relates to the Principle,” “Why I Still Struggle With My Parents After STF,” “10 Ways to Earn Money - Moonie Style,” “3 Key Ways to KEEP IT Platonic.”

  2. First sentence: Your goal here is to hook your reader.  State something thought provoking, or a question that might spark intrigue.

  3. First paragraph: Here’s where you begin to answer the question you raised earlier, or to start to explain your initial statement.  

  4. Bullets or lists:  List out and briefly explain each of your key points or desired takeaways.  This method of organization and delivery also helps as it breaks up the post visually.

  5. Personalize: Share why it was meaningful and helpful to you in your life.  This helps personalize and authenticate what you’re sharing.  Conclude by stating how this event/experience/lesson was helpful to you.

  6. Close with a question or prompt: Our goal with this blog is to create an interactive community.  Thus, a good way to end is to leave the reader with a question.  It prompts a response and some interaction in the comments section.  It can be a simple “What do you think?” or an invitation for readers to share any of their own experiences connected to your topic.

  7. Attach an image (optional but highly encouraged!):  Visuals are a powerful way of supporting your writing.  Submit a relevant photo or graphic.  Make sure it’s your own or available for use under a Creative Commons license (check out Flickr); attach info so we can give attribution to the photographer.  If you don’t have a photo, don’t worry, we’ll find one for you (we welcome suggestions of what kind of image you’d like!).


ideas for article prompts

  • Based on your own experience, what helpful tips about transitioning from STF/GPA to college, work, and life after would you share with recent graduates based on your own experiences?

What are 5 helpful tips for:

  • Digesting an STF/GPA experience?
  • Finding time in your daily life to work on your life of faith?
  • Working on your relationship with your parents?
  • Finding a friend of faith?
  • Praying?
  • Working on your relationship with True Parents?
  • Growing your spiritual life if you don’t live near a church community?
  • Finding good financial aid?
  • Finding the best internships?
  • Making the most of college?
  • Organizing your daily life?
  • Getting involved in service organizations and clubs on campus?
  • Finding friends on a campus where you know no one?
  • How to balance school, faith, volunteering?
  • Being an awesome youth minister… and going to college… and working?
  • How to be “successfully single!” and use the years in college as preparation for marriage.
  • How to set goals after GPA?
  • How to not get burned out? When volunteering and involved with local community/youth ministry
  • Balancing obligations (job, school, study) and spirituality?  Finding deeper meaning and purpose to the mundane things of life? (ie. (How is this math problem deep and meaningful?)

questions?

Email Tasnah at tasnah@STFGPAlumni.org